Mini-Sabbatical Coming Up

I can hardly believe it is nearly time for me to take a five-week leave of Ames, Iowa and the parish and student center where I serve. Thanks to generous grants from the archdiocese and from an endowment set up in the parish for staff continuing formation, I will be starting spirituality studies at Creighton University this summer.

If all goes according to plan, I will complete a certificate in spiritual direction in early July 2016, then wrap up coursework for a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality the year after that. Or maybe two. We’ll see.

Obviously, I have to get through the 2014 summer session first.

The way this summer works is that I will be on retreat starting next Thursday and will remain out of the loop until June 7th or so. Classes start at 8am on Monday the 9th and continue to July 3rd.

What that means for the blog is that we might be on hiatus for about a week unless I can convince Liam or Charles or Fran to guest host here. The former has declined invitations to write regularly, and the latter is busy. Like none of us in church work is ever too busy …

I will return to blogging during the academic period. But you never know what changes and transitions might be in store for the person who leaps into the spiritual beyond, as I feel inclined to do these days.

I may well be blogging in 2024, but I would hesitate to guess what the content might be. Newsy bits about Pope Francis I or II. More church documents. Maybe the whole Bible. Maybe the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius.

Anyway, I encourage you regular visitors to keep  me in your prayers, and to visit some of the good Ignatian and Jesuit blogs out there.

And in the next week, regular blogging will continue.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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8 Responses to Mini-Sabbatical Coming Up

  1. Todd, I will email or call you. I’m lousy when you ask me for one post, but I think that I can help you out. We will talk. I’m so happy for you! What a gift!

  2. Ditto from CA, tho’ I don’t know how sensible I can be!

  3. Liam says:

    I will ‘fess up that I repeatedly decline Todd’s gracious invitations to help him out in his absences. Over many years.

    Often, it’s because they coincide with especially bad times for me to be trying to generate content. That’s the typical situation.

    But, natheless, I must also confess (bless me, Fahdder, for I have zinned):

    First, I have a serious problem with generating content proactively (and I respect those who have the talent to do that, at least the responsible ones, such as Todd, who aren’t doing it for clickbait.). I’ve learned over the years (maybe overlearned) that I am better engaging people in discussions that they initiate. Why? Because my own interests are so all over the place that I do not trust my sense of an audience when I am working proactively. I have a polymath’s sense of connection among so many things, but that typically just bewilders people unless they are so interested to begin with that they might be willling to take a journey. A corrollary to this is a cultivated instinct not to assume what I think is interesting is necessarily interesting to anyone else.

    Second, my synaesthesia is something of a sensory-cognitive glue in much of the way I arrange my musings, but it’s not transparent in writing for an audience, and can cause misfires (it certainly contributes to typos, even though I am a eagle-eyed proofreader for things I do NOT type myself*).

    Third, I have a strong and deep allergy to chronic rhetorical grandiosity.Unfortunately, that is the common currency of our age. Mind you, I offer the occasionally pungent zinger, but I use that as a only as an occasional condiment in a more subtle stew, typically only to catch the attention of someone who for some reason or another I imagine might care to have their attention caught.

    In any event, I wish Todd wonder and fruitfulness in his studies, and good health and happiness to his family. I will chime in here as I am able. Maybe I might get an idea. Stranger things have happened.

    * I was an editor twice in earlier times of my life (once, in the mid-’80s, as EIC of a law journal, the other time for several years as a managing regulatory compliance and substantive editor for a kick-butt cutting edge communications department in a major financial services firm), and I’ve been told a good one; I am no Nabokov – it’s almost ineffable (apologies to Bishop Trautman). The role of editor is one I respect and admire: helping people communicate and connect their best selves to their audience. Too many people today do not appreciate the value of a good editor.

    • Liam says:

      See what happens when you move things around to make it clearer? You get things like this thought, related to synaethesia, caught in the sidebar about editorial skill or lack thereof (as this itself demonstrated QED): “and I’ve been told a good one; I am no Nabokov – it’s almost ineffable (apologies to Bishop Trautman).” I read differently when the stuff is in a box….

  4. Charles says:

    Huh? Whad’e’ say? ;-)

  5. Charles says:

    I was an editor twice in earlier times of my life (once, in the mid-’80s, as EIC of a law journal, the other time for several years as a managing regulatory compliance and substantive editor for a kick-butt cutting edge communications department in a major financial services firm), and I’ve been told a good one; I am no Nabokov…

    Editor of a law journal, hmmmmm? Who else do we know that edited a famed law journal who also has trouble with making a decision? As for the rest, I prepped with Nabokov, went sailing with Nabokov, sipped Manhattens with Nabokov, and KLS…. you’re one heckuva Lolita!

    • Liam says:

      Unexpectedly lame. If anything, people have complained that said other EIC is TOO decisive (except for the neocons who want him to ignore the larger part of Americans that want MUCH less from “I am the decider” types in foreign intervention matters).

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